Mary Elizabeth Newbanks, Age: 96
May 19, 1923 -- Oct 15, 2019

Mary Elizabeth Newbanks left this world peacefully on October 15, 2019. Born to John and Josephine Anderson on May 19, 1923, Mary grew up in Osawatomie, Kansas. She was a bright student and was Salutatorian of her class and member of the National Honor Society. The bright lights of Kansas City lured her to town following graduation, where she met the love of her life, Nick Newbanks. Like many women of her generation, following a whirlwind romance and marriage, she kissed her flyboy love goodbye while he flew the Hump during World War II. Following his return from war, Nick and Mary joined the great migration of young couples moving to Prairie Village to build a life and raise a family. Mary was the consummate homemaker. Her homemade lemon meringue pies and peach ice cream were legendary. She was kind, generous and gladly lent her time and talents to; St. Ann Church, St. Ann School and Scouting. Faith, family and friends were at the center of her life. Mary was a devoted member of St. Ann parish while raising her five children and supporting Nick while he built his business. She loved to play golf with their many dear friends at Milburn Country Club, and found tranquility by Nick’s side on their numerous fishing trips together. Possessed of a gentle demeanor, Mary was a strong and independent woman who lived a full and active life even as a widow of many years. Her family and friends will hold dear the memory of Mary’s unflagging devotion to them and her life as a living witness to her faith. She was preceded in death by her loving parents, beloved husband of 52 years, Niles Nixon Newbanks, their daughter, Mary Susan Page and son-in-law James Patrick Shannon. She is survived by her remaining children: Nancy Ihle, Pamela Shannon, Julie Gatchell (David), and Bill Newbanks (Moira) as well as eleven grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren.

On Tuesday, October 22, a visitation will be held at 10:00 am at St. Ann Catholic Church, 7231 Mission Rd. Prairie Village, KS, followed at 11:00 am by a Funeral Mass. Private graveside service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, National MS Society or the Kansas City Union Mission. The family is thankful and grateful for the love and care from Randa, Holly and Miles from Mission Chateau, and Jessica, Stephanie and Mary, our Angels from Ascend Hospice.

 



Condolences

Amy Barenklau Oct 16 ,2019

co-worker ,Paola ,Kansas

Nancy and Family, My deepest condolences for the loss of your mom and grandma. She was one amazing woman from the stories we were told by Nancy and from seeing what an amazing family surrounded her. There will never be enough time with a loved one, but I hope that memories and stories will carry you through the next year as you find ways to honor her in all you do. Hugs to you all. Amy, Haley's Comet and Chaser

Jennifer Martin Oct 16 ,2019

friend ,Lenexa ,Kansas

Dear Nancy and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Your family was blessed by such an amazing woman! I know you will all miss her so very much. You are all in my prayers for peace and comfort that only our Lord Jesus can provide. God bless, Jen Martin

Pete & Deb Gwizdala Oct 16 ,2019

Our hearts are heavy as we grieve with you. Mary will be greatly missed and we will always remember her as the sweet and kind person she was. Love & Hugs to you all Pete & Deb Gwizdala and family

Jackie Hefley Bouffard Oct 17 ,2019

Long-time friend ,Norman ,Oklahoma

Dearest Newbanks family— I hope you know how much I loved and respected your mother. She came into my life when Pam and I were youngsters and has remained a constant reminder to me of grace, determination, spunk and compassion ever since that first day on Falmouth Street. I will be with you Tuesday in spirit. My sincere affection to all of you and my hope is that God gives you strength as you say goodbye to her. I can see Nick waiting for her so they can again be side by side. Love, Jackie

Peggy Masoner Oct 18 ,2019

Friend of Pam Shannon ,Liberty ,Missouri

I am sorry for your loss and I am sure Mary is with God and Jesus is taking care of her now.

Richard Sternadori Oct 18 ,2019

Friend ,Lubbock ,Texas

Dear Nancy and family, Our hearts go with you during this painful time of transition. I met Mary one time and immediately felt her kindness and warmth. All the things that Nancy and her children are -and will become - are rooted in that wonderful kindness Mary showed the world. Mary takes her place in the natural order of things we all must eventually experience. I know Mary was surrounded by your family caring and overwhelming love as she lived her wonderful and long life. She knew she was loved and she carries that with her. Our sincerest hope for peace in your family as you say the sad goodbyes to such an amazing matriarch. Richard, Julie and Raphael Sternadori

Terry and Betty Meyers Oct 18 ,2019

Friends ,Newton, ,Kansas

Nancy and family, So sorry for your loss of your mom. I remember many fun times with your mom and Dad, always loved to come to their house, so much love and kindness they shared. Your mom will be missed by all. Terry and Betty

Cheryl Garley Oct 19 ,2019

Friend ,Kansas City ,Kansas

My condolences to all of the family. I truly Loved Mary and spent many hours in her home with her daughter Susan, my very best friend for over 40 years. So many wonderful memories . I also enjoyed styling her hair on and off for quite a few years during my hairstyling career. She was truly a beautiful soul . RIP MARY. You have touched so many lives.

Anna Lee Billam Oct 20 ,2019

childhood friend & neighbor ,Osawatomie ,Kansas

Please accept my sympathy in your loss. Mary and her family were neighbors - one block east -- in our small town - Osawatomie. Mary was always so nice, with a friendly smile even though I was several years younger. She graduated in 1941 and I in 1950. Each year at our Osawatomie High School Alumni gathering we honor all our deceased friends. In will be a sad time for me to see her smiling face and here her name called, but going on is a part of life. Anna Lee(Price) Billam

Marcia Gradinger Oct 22 ,2019

Friend /co-worker of Nancy's ,Prairie Village ,Kansas

I am so sorry for your loss. I have such fond memories of Mary coming in to City Hall to visit Nancy and everyone. It was a bright spot in a day when Mary showed up. Nancy always had such great stories to tell about her mom which endeared her to us even more. Marcia

Ruth Britton Oct 26 ,2019

I only knew Mary for a short time when we moved into Kennett Place. She was truly a kind gentle lady and a lovely neighbor.

Event:
Visitation
Location:
St. Ann Catholic Church
Address:
7231 Mission Rd.
City:
Prairie Village
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66208
Date:
Oct 22 ,2019
Time:
10:00 AM
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Event:
Funeral Mass
Location:
St. Ann Catholic Church
Address:
7231 Mission Rd.
City:
Prairie Village
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66208
Date:
Oct 22 ,2019
Time:
11:00 AM
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